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Fire and Smoke Damage

10/25/2018
If you’ve never experienced a paper-related disaster, you’d be surprised how fast things can go off the rails in document storage areas. And schools, government offices, law firms, medical offices and other business and facilities that deal with a lot of paper are all at risk. It only takes an everyday event, like a pipe break, storm, sewer backup or flooding, to cause a business nightmare that is difficult to recover from when not handled properly. In the spirit of Halloween, this...
10/08/2018
Despite modern safety measures, devices and building techniques, fires still present a very real danger for businesses. Every year, upwards of 80,000 workplace fires occur, resulting in thousands of injuries and scores of deaths, so it is vital to keep fire prevention and evacuation strategies active and up to date. With Fire Prevention Week well underway (runs from October 7-13), it's a great reminder to complete an annual check up of your business’ fire strategy.  A Long...
09/24/2018
No one can tell you exactly what to expect in a building fire because there are simply too many variables to consider. Recovering quickly (relative to the circumstances) however, requires awareness of the basics of the recovery process, including key insurance considerations, what kind of help you’ll need to recover and where you’ll get it. Your ability to coordinate help after a fire is put out can have a potentially large impact on recovery time and costs to your property....
05/07/2018
When it comes to writing a good disaster recovery plan (DRP), knowledge is power. After all, key steps in the recovery process will inform what’s possible in terms of restoring part or all of your business operations as soon as possible. That’s why we want to give you an insider’s look into the fire recovery process. As with most types of disasters, the damages from a fire may vary widely, depending on building- and situation-specific considerations. Yet in many cases,...
01/06/2017
One of our favorite things about transitioning into a new year is the opportunity to look at our business and life from a fresh perspective. Hopefully you’ve hit the ground running with your new business plan and are able to ingrain habits that will lead to successful resolutions. The very first thing you probably did after returning to work was to write or audit your disaster recovery plan (DRP) for 2017, right? Kidding aside, this time of year is a great time to check that task...
11/14/2016
This time of year, you have a lot to think about in addition to your regular work responsibilities. Since it’s easy to get distracted as you scramble between work and the pending holiday hustle and bustle, we wanted to make sure you don’t forget about fire safety, which is especially important this time of year with all of the extra electricity being used. Here are some key things to keep in mind to help protect your home and business from disruptive and potentially deadly fires...
10/24/2016
Fire. Flooding. Storms. Natural Disasters. These events can bring business operations to a screaming halt. Getting a business up and running as quickly as possible is always our goal. How do we do it? Careful preparation and building relationships long before the storm hits. Being “Interstate prepared” means taking a proactive approach prior to storms or natural disasters. There are five key pieces: 1. Form partnerships with national accounts 2. Build trust and gain commitment...
10/17/2016
In businesses and homes alike, fires are an ever-present danger. That’s why in recent months, we’ve highlighted six reasons why fire preparation is critical along with what the post-fire recovery process looks like. If you’ve read the other posts, you know that damage can be caused by more than just flames. Smoke and soot damage, even from small fires, can be far reaching. Water and other fire retardants used to extinguish a fire can also cause significant damage. In this...
07/11/2016
Unless you’ve experienced a building fire first hand, it can be easy to lose sight of why fire preparation should be a critical ongoing exercise for every business. It’s true that, in many cases, quick responses from fire departments or fire suppression equipment can help to limit destruction caused by flames to a single room or part of a building. But destruction from fire and smoke is usually only one (often small) part of the story. Flames and Smoke are Only the Beginning of...
07/05/2016
July is just beginning, and many parts of the country have already seen some unusually hot temperatures and an early start to fire season. In the desert southwest, the temperature in several cities rose to within their top-five hottest days ever. At its start, the 2016 fire season was already ahead of 2015’s record pace. And California alone has seen more than 60,000 acres burn across the state. Since it’s shaping up to be a long, hot and dry summer in many areas, we thought it...